Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bathroom paint job

9:06 sunrise
18:23 sunset

When we bought our house in 2009 we knew we would undertake a number of renovations and we have.  But the upstairs bathroom was redone just before we bought the place.  And, for the most part, I like the things that were chosen: white subway tile around the tub, mosaic tile on the floor, a white vanity cabinet, sink and toilet.

But the paint.  It was this awful baby yellow and it was everywhere.  Even the ceiling.  Who paints the ceiling yellow?!  Sorry if I am offending any lovers of yellow paint out there but it's one of my least favourite shades.

Anyhow, so my project this week was to get rid of it.  But what colour to choose?  I love all the aquamarines and teal shades that make me think of Miami.  Colours like this:

But (a) Ben isn't crazy about them and (b) I'm not actually convinced that this shades suit the house I live in and it's location (ie: Whitehorse).  So instead I am going with white.  Yup, plain old boring Cloud White:

This is what it looks like so far (one coat on, one more to go).  And while I think it looks a TON better, I am not 100% sold on the white everywhere idea for my bathroom.  We'll see how it looks after the towels and shower curtain get put back and once I hang some things on the walls but..... I dunno.

Anyone else out there love or hate the all white idea?  Love to hear from you!  (And yes, I appreciate the irony that while I say I hate yellow I am wearing a giant goldenrod knit dress. Whatever. Who says I can't be fickle?).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Awesome 80s jacket

8:53 sunrise
18:37 sunset

It's not a vintage dress, but it's still fabulous.

I bought this jacket in Ontario this summer.  Strangely, my hometown of 1500 people has this really fantastic secondhand/thrift store.  During my visit in June, the store had dozens of really great blazers/jackets.  I only came away with this one.  It's 100% wool, made in Canada (which you don't see that often anymore), with this for a label:

I'm assuming this came out of Montreal (given the "création" part of the label and the fact that more than 1/2 of Canada's garment industry is in Quebec).

The jacket has a pretty serious 80s vibe. The leather piping and shape of the shoulders makes me think Michael Jackson in the Thriller video:

Granted, his jacket sold for 1.8 million bucks and mine cost $20, but hey - the 80s are back.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Protein Source

8:48 sunrise
18:43 sunset

I have perfected the hard-boiled egg.

I know.  Stop the presses.  Look out foodies - I have combined boiling water with an egg and have come up with delicious.

The secret, apparently, is in how one cooks them.  No need to boil the egg for the entire cooking time.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat for 13 minutes, rinse with cold water and voilà - no greyish-yellow yolk, no sulphur smell.  Who knew I could like these so much?  Word, to the all-knowing interwebs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

My morning commute

8:45 sunrise
18:46 sunset

I have promised myself to try and ride my bike to work more often.  This is what my commute looked like at 8:30 this morning.

I am not delusional.  I am not likely to manage to bike to work every day.  I am far too lazy for that and I like my sleep.  But, I am going to try and do it more often.  Views like this help.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Just about snow bike season

8:40 sunrise
18:52 sunset

This week I put Bea, my mountain bike, away for the winter.  I gave her a  super good clean up and she has been placed into winter storage for the next few months.  I know I could probably get a few more rides in this season but I would rather do a bang up job of cleaning my bike up for the winter and than ride her a few more times and leave her dirty and unloved in my basement for  6 months.

Anyhow, I am now in full possession of El Guapo (my snow bike).  Last year, my friend Niki and I shared the purchase cost of the bike so that we could both enjoy a bit of ride time at a reduced cost.  This year, we bought a second bike, again sharing the cost, and last year's ride has become mine full-time.

This afternoon I took the "new to me" bike out for a tour of the trails in Hillcrest.  I haven't been out much, on foot or on bike, the last couple of weeks, and today was an awesome reminder of just how happy being on a bicycle makes me feel.  The snow bike felt weird on the trails - and damn, so heavy - but just being outside made me (and Mingus) happy.

♥ bikes.  Really.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Photobooth from Julie & Paul's wedding

8:35 sunrise
18:58 sunset

My lovely friends Paul and Julie got married this summer.  When they came back to the Yukon, they had a party here to celebrate.  Paul is a great photographer and set up his camera in a little room off the main reception area and allowed guests to take photos of themselves. The results are fabulous!  Here are some of my faves.

Congratulations Paul and Julie!  And thanks for the fun!  (Aren't they cute!?)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Yukon's Territorial Election

8:33 sunrise
19:01 sunset

I woke up this morning with a 7:30am meeting to attend.  That didn't help my mood, but really it's the election results that have me so bummed today.  The Yukon Party won a third term last night and a majority.  Sucks ass. I don't really have the energy to be depressed about it but I am sad to see what I consider to be a general wave of conservatism creep across the country.  I'm referring not necessarily to the parties in power (although that's part of it) but more to my sense that the very nature of Canadian society is poised to change.  I am afraid that we are becoming a society that is more concerned about the individual and a lot less about the greater good.

There is one good news story out of last night's election, however.  My friend and all-around hard-working awesome person Kate White was elected as a first time MLA for the riding of Takhini-Kopper King.  She is an honest and genuinely caring individual and I think she will be a force for good in the Leg for her constituents.  Way to go Kate!  You're awesome!

Campaigning with Kate (middle) a couple of weeks ago

Monday, October 10, 2011

A long weekend, thankfully

8:28 sunrise
19:07 sunset

It's been a good weekend.  We had our lovely friends Hugh and Wendy here for a visit from Vancouver and we made a yummy Thanksgiving dinner.  We ate it on my grandma's china and used Ben's parents' silver.  I made wild rice and mushrooms (a recipe of my grandma's) and Ben cooked up a turkey.  It was all very delicious.  Strangely, I took no photographs.

Our pals Liz and Ian had an exciting Thanksgiving weekend too.  Liz gave birth to a very cute little boy on Sunday night and we were able to visit them in the hospital today.  Whether you like kids or not, the whole process of people becoming parents, especially the first time, is really cool.  I'm sure the experience of giving birth is, as Liz said, surreal, but for those of us just watching from the outside it's still pretty exciting.

We also had out first snow of the season on Sunday.  Thankfully, it has melted (as it usually does this time of year) but the temperatures are staying low - daytime highs of only 4C or so.  I think I might put my mountain bike away for the year and pull out my winter Mukluk snow bike.  I'm sure I can still get some xc rides in this month but I want to clean Bea up before I put her away for the season and, to be honest, I think I am ready for winter.  I wouldn't say excited about winter, but prepared for it.

So, on this holiday Monday I am thankful for what seems sometimes like little things but really, they are the great big things.  I have warm, fun, and loyal friends, a husband who really loves me even when he sometimes doesn't like himself, a dog who has pretty much stopped biting humans and is awfully cute, a job that I not only like but also pays me well, and a cute, warm house in a perfect neighborhood in the city I love.

Photobooth at Julie & Paul's wedding (more of these to come!)

 Ben & Mingus

At work with my boss, looking at a trapline map from the 1930s 


I don't know why it worked out that way for me, but I am thankful it did.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kanellos, protest dog

8:15 sunrise
19:22 sunset

How awesomely cute is this little pup

Photo:  Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

I may have to call my next dog Kanellos.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cranberry Chutney

8:05 sunrise
19:35 sunset

First we picked, and then we canned (although I want to say "jarred").

Thanks to Margi and her "I'm Polish I can can anything" approach to life, we made some amazing cranberry chutney this week.  We used the recipe from The Boreal Gourmet cookbook.  I was going to post the recipe but I don't see it online anywhere and I'd hate to cut in on any book sales for Mich Genest.  I'll just say - pick up a copy of the book for yourself.  It's full of all sorts of northern deliciousness (and this from a vegetarian...).